The Kaleidoscope project
An urban fantasy audio drama: coming October 10!
The Kaleidoscope Project is an original audio drama that takes a deep dive into the world of mental illness. In this universe, individuals with mental illnesses have special powers or “gifts” that separate them from the rest of the world.
The government fears and labels these people, choosing to separate them from the rest of society. Over the years, a group of “gifted” friends slowly drift apart, only to be brought back together when disaster strikes.
The Kaleidoscope Project seeks to create a world that focuses on what brings us together, instead of focusing on what tears us apart.
The Kaleidoscope Project is premiering on October 10, and will be available to listen/watch on YouTube and Spotify.
Main menu art is done by @jeminix2 on Twitter!
All art done by @ha_cheeko on Twitter!
Director & Writer
Q: Where can I listen/watch new episodes?
New episodes will be uploaded to our Youtube Channel as well as Spotify. You can find these accounts linked along the bottom of the page (Spotify link coming soon).
Q: How can I stay up-to-date on the project?
You can follow the project’s Twitter account @theofficialTKP and join the official Discord server for frequent updates! Both are linked at the bottom of the page.
Q: How can I support The Kaleidoscope Project?
You can pledge to our Kickstarter campaign, which will be up and running in October 2020. You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel and Spotify account as well (Spotify link coming soon)!
Q: Can I join as a VA?
Currently, we are not looking for new voice talent for the project. However, there will be certain rewards in our Kickstarter campaign that will let you join an episode as a background voice or extra character!
In the coming months, there may be a casting call open for new supporting/minor characters. This casting call will conducted over email, and will be announced on Twitter and in the project Discord server.
Q: Can I join as a staff member?
We're always on the lookout for new volunteers to help lessen the workload of our lovely staff. If you're interested in volunteering as a video editor, music composer, or translator, please DM Mame, the project director, with samples of your work at Mame#0060.
Q: How else can I get involved?
We’re looking for volunteer sensitivity readers on an ongoing basis. If you have personal experience with racial issues, LGBT issues, drug issues, or any kind of mental illness, we’d love to have your perspectives and insights on the project! Please DM Mame on Discord at Mame#0060 if you’re interested in volunteering as a reader.
Q: Are fan creations allowed?
All fan art and fan creations are welcome! We’d love to see you art, OCs, and any other creative projects related to The Kaleidoscope Project universe. Please feel free to post them in the official Discord server, or tag us on Twitter!
Q: Doesn't this show romanticize mental illness?
Nope! The dictionary definition of "romanticize" means "to make romantic," or "to treat as idealized or heroic." Unlike typical comics/superhero stories, TKP takes place in a universe where mental illnesses and the Gifts that accompany them are viewed as taboo. While it's definitely a tricky line to sketch out, "romanticizing" implies that the characters lead better, ideal, and fulfilled lives because of their Gifts, and this simply isn't the case.
Mental illness and other societal taboos and discriminatory behaviors are very difficult topics to cover in a sensitive way, and the project staff are working carefully to consult with people from all walks of life to create a genuine, relatable story for you all.
We realize that this kind of premise may not appeal to everyone, and that's okay! One of our main goals is to make it easier to start a dialogue about mental illness, and shine a spotlight on lived experiences.
Q: Where can I learn more about mental illness?
There are a lot of great resources out there! For basic information, we recommend starting out with:
MentalIllness.govNational Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)Health DirectTime to Change
For a really comprehensive look, you can purchase a copy of the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). However, this dives into some pretty technical stuff.
Q: I'd like to support the project but don't have any money. What can I do?
The goal of The Kaleidoscope Project is about fostering positive representation and understanding for underprivileged groups. There are plenty of causes/organizations/people that you can support through petitions! Here are a few resources to get you started:
Black Lives MatterTrans RightsSupport Indigenous AmericansMany Other Causes